Extract Your Maximum Data From Corrupt ZIP Archive

Compressed file format is one of the best options for data storage and data transmission. A compressed archive file can contain one or multiple files in a compressed form. The compressed files help you save your hard disk drive space. These files take less space to be stored in the system than other computer files. They can easily be shared or transferred over the network. If you want to send or transfer a large file over the network, then you can take the help of a compressed format.

ZIP or Zicxac Inline Pin is a popular archive file format, which can contain multiple files and folders in compressed form. A ZIP file generally uses “.zip” as a file extension and can be created by using WinZip and WinRAR compression utility. But sometimes a WinZip or WinRAR utility may fail to extract the ZIP archives. The key reason behind this situation is corruption. Corruption has always been an unpredictable issue for computer users.

If you are a regular user of ZIP archive files, then you must have faced a situation like this: you have downloaded a ZIP archive file from the Internet or one your friends sent it to you via email. You have an installed WinRAR or WinZip program in your system. But when you try to unzip the file, your WinRAR or WinZip program fails to extract or open it. File corruption could be the main reason behind this situation. Or sometimes it may happen that you have created a ZIP archive in which you have stored a number of files. To save the hard disk drive space you have deleted the original files and you have no backup file of those deleted files. The problem starts when you find that the ZIP archives created by you cannot be opened or have become invalid due to corruption. This must be a very frustrating situation for you. The ZIP files are corrupted and you have nothing to restore the lost or corrupted data. You have already deleted the original files and you have not created backup file for them. What will you do in such a critical situation? If the corrupt ZIP files are downloaded or received, then you have a chance to get them back again from the same source. But sometimes this could be impossible if the files have been removed or deleted from the original source. In such situation you need to repair the files or recover data from them.

A ZIP archive can be easily corrupted or damaged due to several reasons. Some of the common reasons are: virus attacks on ZIP archives, unwanted interruption in downloading, storage media crash or failure, sudden power failure while creating or extracting archive file, etc. Due to all these factors a ZIP archive file may become inaccessible and you cannot extract any data from it. You must repair a corrupt archive file before you extract it. To repair a corrupt ZIP archive you can use WinRAR program. It has a built-in repair feature that is used to repair corrupt ZIP as well as RAR archives. The following steps are mainly required to repair a corrupt archive by using WinRAR application:

  1. Open your WinRAR application in your system.
  2. Now click on File tab > Open. Or you may simply press Ctrl+O.
  3. A small window “Find Archive” will pop up. Locate the corrupt ZIP archive from your system directory and select it.
  4. Now click on Open button.
  5. Click on Tools tab > Repair archive. Or you may simply press Alt+R.
  6. Again a small window “Repairing File name.zip” will pop up.
  7. Now click on Browse to select a location to save the repaired archive.
  8. Check the box “Treat the corrupt archive as ZIP” and click on OK.
  9. WinRAR will start repairing of corrupt ZIP archive. Once it gets completed click on Close.

The selected archive file would have been repaired successfully. You can check the file at the location what you have allocated earlier. But sometimes WinRAR fails to repair archives if they are extremely or severely corrupted. In such situation you can use third-party ZIP recovery software that will help you recover your inaccessible or invalid data from corrupt ZIP archives. The third-party ZIP recovery software applications are available with free demo version. Demo version is used to examine the performance and capabilities of the software before buying it. You must check demo version of any third-party ZIP recovery software and it satisfies your need, then you can buy its full version.